iPad is a Personal Computer

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  1. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    I have been thinking about tablets recently and all the devices I have had over the last almost 8 years. My first tablet was a new iPad 2 back in 2010 when I got out of the Army. It was my first purchase at a Best Buy on my way home from my duty station. I had a very capable Thinkpad at the time and my laptop was completely replaced by the iPad for around a year before I sold it. I did all of my personal computing on that iPad and for most tasks it was completely solid. My second tablet was in 2013 when I bought a Google Nexus 7. That tablet was great and I sold it to a friend who sold it to another friend who still uses it to this day. At the time my needs were very light and the Nexus completed all that’s I needed and my MBP just sat in my room barely being used. Now I have an iPad Pro and Mini 2 that I bought last year. The Mini still gets used as my web browsing machine on my nightstand and I’ve been using the iPad Pro as my primary device and pushing its limits to see how capable it is. I’m typing this on it now. I still need my MBA and desktop for some tasks but honestly the tablet is getting very close to being all I need. I just wanted to post my thoughts and I really want Google to put out a new Android tablet so I can see what Android Oreo can do on a tablet. I feel like in a few years most of us will be running tablets as our primary devices.
     
  2. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    I had both the original and updated Nexus 7 tablets and now, in addition to my Air 2, I have an 8" Galaxy Tab S2 that blows away the Nexus tablets and in fact now runs better than my Air 2 on iOS 11.
     
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    For me, I got rid of my MacBook Pro 2015 model, and using my iPad Pro 12.9 inch only. I’m glad I did, to save some bucks for my computer needs.
     
  4. Count Blah macrumors 68040

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    I think that is true for most people. Web browsing, emails(minus attachments), videos, music, and simple stuff is great for a powerful tablet. But for all computing activities? Nah.
     
  5. macgeek18 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    For most people a tablet is all they need. I still need a dedicated laptop and desktop and a tablet is not going to replace my desktop at work for a long time. But I am amazed at how far iOS and Android have come.
     
  6. Count Blah macrumors 68040

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    Except for a true file system, mouse support and MacOS applications - yes the iPad is a very capable device.
     
  7. macgeek18 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I would love a Samsung DEX option for iPad. Pop it into a dock and a full MacOS loads. It would never happen though.
     
  8. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    I replaced my MacBook with the iPad Pro 12.9 and not looked back at all.
     
  9. YaBe macrumors 6502a

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    Did the same but from a 2016 MBP.
     
  10. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I still use my Windows desktop at home a lot because I like the larger monitor and I take my laptop on travel, primarily for photo editing and management of large numbers of RAW files on a hard drive (I also need a mouse for my work due to having hand tremors).
     
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    I left the MacBook Pro, but have a Mac mini home server to do heavier tasks. The mini was my first desktop since 2004. The Mini and a 12.9 iPad Pro seems to be a perfect balance for my needs.
     
  12. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

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    iPad Pro is more than a "personal computer", it is the worlds first truly personal supercomputer.
     
  13. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Not quite ...
     
  14. skaertus macrumors 68040

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    If you have simple needs, then an iPad may be all you need. but then you may need the iPad Pro, not the regular iPad, since you will probably want to easily type text on it if you want it to be your computer.

    An iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard will cost USD 808. If you also want the Apple Pencil (and who doesn't?), the price goes up to USD 907. And we're talking about the 10.5-inch version with only 64 GB SSD, and no LTE. The top-range iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch screen, 512 GB, and cellular, will cost USD 1,547 with the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.

    If all you need is a simple computer, perhaps you don't care a lot about computers and don't use them a lot. Then perhaps it doesn't matter if the computer is all that intuitive, and pleasant to use, or if it has a bright retina display with 600 nits and great color accuracy, nor great speakers. Perhaps you just want it to run everything, to connect a mouse, and to be able to stick a pen drive if you wish. Then perhaps you want to save some bucks and spend something in the range of USD 500 for a fully capable and functional, even though not as beautiful, Windows laptop, instead of an expensive iPad Pro.

    Bottom line is, the iPad Pro may be a personal computer. But it is a simple one, and if all you want are simple tasks, you may not want to spend as much on a computer. There are cheaper options. The iPad Pro probably appeals more to those with specific needs, such as drawing with the Apple Pencil.
     
  15. macgeek18 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have been seeing a lot of Dell 2-in-1's at college campus' these days. The 3000 series are $300 so I see a lot of students with them. What a horrible experience to go through school with. The iPad/iPad Pro is not for everyone. But as a basic personal computer you couldn't go very wrong with it. I won't be replacing my laptop/desktop for at least a decade with just a tablet. I'm expecting half a decade out of my MBA and desktop alone. My iPad? Not so much.
     
  16. JackieInCo Suspended

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    I wish that I felt this was true. I ended up putting my 6 months old iPad Pro in the drawer a few months ago along with my iPad Mini 2. I just have no need for them. My 2015 MBP and my phone is all I need.

    Till the iPad can do what my MBP can do, it will stay in the drawer.
     
  17. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    Nope, my note 8 is more a personal computer than any ipad pro. Thanks to DeX.
     
  18. JackieInCo Suspended

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    This is very much the truth.
     
  19. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    And could you elaborate what assessments this is based on?
     
  20. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    Can you elaborate more on your use case so others actually understand why you prefer the MBP? Thanks!
     
  21. iPadDad macrumors 6502

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    Nice!, iPad Pro 12’9 and iPhone 7 is all i use, the way they talk to each other and speed of the pro is just brilliant, but best of all I like how personal the operating system is compared to High Seiera, it just feels so much more intimate to work on, and i feel more connected with notifications as well.
     
  22. rowspaxe macrumors 68020

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    A $1,000 device is unlikely to become the computer for "the rest of us".
     
  23. skaertus macrumors 68040

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    With the price of an iPad Pro + Smart Keyboard, you can buy something better than a Dell 3000 series. But the point is, if you could not care less about computers and need them only for the most basic tasks, why should you spend more money on a personal computer?
     
  24. rizzo41999 macrumors 6502

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    I have a Mac Mini serving as my "base station." The iPad Pro is my new laptop.
     
  25. Mainsail macrumors 65816

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    From it’s inception in 2010, the iPad has been a device that sits between a laptop and a smartphone. Indeed, it was designed to be better than a laptop for some common things that people do everyday; email, browsing the web, enjoying photos and video, reading books, and watching movies. As the iPad has evolved and improved, some folks have found that they can get by without a laptop for their mobile computing needs.......although, I suspect most of these people still own or have access to a desktop or some other traditional computer for heavier productivity needs.

    However, when it comes to common productivity applications (writing, spreadsheet, and presentation software), a laptop or traditional computer is pretty hard to beat. Why? Because the whole operating system/UI (Keyboard/mouse vs touch) was designed around the use of common office applications. I am not saying that you can not use productivity apps on an iPad. You can. It is just not the optimal tool. If you have infrequent or light productivity needs while mobile, then the iPad may be the perfect solution.

    Personally, I like having and using both an iPad and a MacBook. It’s nice to switch between form factors and operating systems depending on the application and use that best fits the device. With cloud serivices, there is no need to be forced into one device and the transition between devices is pretty seamless. If you buy wisely, it isn’t even that much more expensive to own both a laptop and iPad.
     

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